South African cases Covid-19 cases continue to rise with the country’s Department of Health announcing 8,232 confirmed cases.
The number of positive cases has increased by 424.
A total of 292,153 tests have been conducted to date with 12,774 tests done in the past 24 hours.
The department reported eight more COVID-19-related deaths.
Two deaths were reported in KwaZulu-Natal and six in the Western Cape.
This brings the total national deaths to 161.
South Africa’s business confidence index plunged to an all-time low in April, as the nationwide lockdown imposed in late March to slow the spread of the coronavirus upended the country’s economy.
The index, compiled by the South Africa Chamber of Commerce and Industry slumped to 77.8 in April from 89.9 in March.
On Wednesday, business grouping Business for South Africa said the country’s GDP may contract by between 10% and 16.7% this year despite government stimulus efforts, placing between 1 million and 4 million formal and informal sector jobs at risk.